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The establishment licence holder must ensure that a record is kept of any advice given by the AWERB and any

decisions taken as a result. These records must be kept for at least three years and must be made available to an

inspector, or the Secretary of State, on request.

Codes of practice and guidance notes

The Home Office issues policy statements and additional guidance and advice on specific issues which are

available on the Home Office"s website: www.gov.uk/research-and-testing-using-animals. The site contains a lot

of explanatory material relating to personal and project licences and how to apply for these and, even as a lay

person, it is well worth exploring.

Amongst other things there are a range of guidance documents, for example on assessing the severity of scientific

procedures on animals; Codes of Practice, e.g. on animal housing and care; and ASPA e-newsletters; with links to

non-technical summaries of project licences granted under ASPA, and to annual statistics on the use of animals in

scientific procedures.

A series of guidance documents produced by the EU are also relevant and very helpful. These can be found

at: http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/interpretation_en.htm. This page is part of a wider

range of information about regulation of laboratory animal use in the EU, which covers, amongst other things,

legislation and its implementation; the 3Rs; project evaluation and harm/benefit; retrospective assessment;

severity assessment; Animal Welfare Bodies; and statistics of laboratory animal use in the EU. See also:

http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/related_topics_en.htm.

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